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Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming and save the planet

GEORGE MONBIOT: 'We are on the cusp of the biggest economic transformation, of any kind, for 200 years. While arguments rage about plant- versus meat-based diets, new technologies will soon make them irrelevant. Before long, most of our food will come neither from animals nor plants, but from unicellular life. After 12,000 years of feeding humankind, all farming except fruit and veg production is likely to be replaced by ferming: brewing microbes through precision fermentation. This means multiplying particular micro-organisms, to produce particular products, in factories... It comes in the…

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE: Impossible Foods CEO slams ‘the most destructive technology on Earth by far’

DANIEL HOWLEY: 'Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown is bringing the heat to CES 2020 in Las Vegas, America’s biggest consumer tech trade show. The head of the plant-based meat company not only debuted two new products, a ground pork and pork sausage alternative, but slammed the meat industry in an interview with Yahoo Finance, calling it "the most destructive technology on Earth by far." The company's ultimate goal is to completely replace animals as a form of food by 2035. Impossible Foods already offers a beef alternative in its Impossible Burger, which uses plants and includes a soy-based…

APOCALYPSE COW: Outrage at UK documentary calling for end to all animal farming

DAN SATHERLEY: 'A new documentary aired in the UK, which calls for farming to be phased out in favour of food grown from bacteria in factories. George Monbiot's Apocalypse Cow aired on Wednesday night (UK time) on Channel 4. It begins with Monbiot - who was arrested last year during an Extinction Rebellion protest - saying flying less and getting rid of plastic straws isn't going to be enough to save the world from ecological catastrophe. "There's a bigger culprit that hardly anybody is talking about," he intones. "The food industry is destroying the living world and it appears to be…

WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY: The Animal Ag Alliance’s ‘network’ view of animal rights groups

AGDAILY: 'The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced its new website and updated resources to celebrate the beginning of a new decade... One of the Alliance’s newly updated resources is the animal rights activist groups web. The web details how activist groups are connected through funding, project collaboration and flow of staff and volunteers. “The purpose of this web is to show that while some groups publicly represent themselves as moderate and others are more upfront about their radical views, they are all connected with the same agenda of ending animal agriculture,” said Kay Johnson…

Record number of live lambs and calves exported from Australia to Israel for meat in 2019

SUE SURKES: 'A record-breaking 691,327 live lambs and calves were transported to Israel for fattening and slaughter last year, the Israeli animal rights group Animals reported. The figure marks an increase of 5,514 over the number of animals that arrived in the country on live shipments in 2018 and continues a trend of annual increases in live imports (with the exception of 2017, which saw a slight dip). By way of comparison, 95,545 live animals were imported for the meat industry in 2009 and 228,711 in 2014, Animals said. Numerous reports of animal abuse connected with the live shipment…

Veganuary campaign bus ads reinstated after complaints

ROSIE GREENAWAY: 'Two advertisements promoting Veganism which were removed from public transport by bus company Arriva are to be reinstated after the Veganuary campaign successfully fought the decision. The ads – which launched on 20 buses in Shrewsbury and Telford on 9 December – had been organized and funded by a local vegan group and were due to run for four weeks. Arriva’s decision to remove them came after the company reported complaints, although it would not disclose the number of complaints, nor discuss their nature... Arriva initially offered a full refund for the advertising, but…

STUDY: Veganuary could save a million animals in one month

DAN WHITEHEAD: 'A vegan charity which encourages people to stop eating meat in January says more than one million animals could be saved throughout the month. Veganuary estimates that 350,000 people will attempt a vegan diet in January 2020, in what is the seventh year of the challenge. The organisation also claims the environmental impact of so many people going vegan will be significant. James Poore, an environmental researcher at the University of Oxford, produced the figures. He said: "We calculated the environmental impacts of the current diet and the vegan diet for every country…

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture rejects call for ban on live animal exports

BARRY ROCHE: 'Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has rejected a call from Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan for a ban on live animal exports from Ireland over animal welfare concerns. The Ireland South MEP called for the ban following the death of 14,000 sheep when an animal export vessel, the Queen Hind, capsized last month in the Black Sea on its way from the Romanian port of Midia to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. “These live exports shouldn’t be happening. The case in Romania proves a point to an extent, but we know for years that it isn’t a good way to bring animals, particularly in…

STUDY: Animal Agriculture Costs More In Health Damage Than It Contributes To The Economy

JEFF MCMAHON: 'U.S. farms cost the economy more in health and environmental damage than they contribute to the economy, according to a recent study in the Publication of the National Academy of the Sciences. For 20 economic sectors, the study compares the cost of premature deaths from particulate air pollution to the value added to the economy. Farms performed worst, driven down by animal agriculture. “At the margin, we're seeing that the damages from air pollution provided by farms are larger than the marginal value that the farms provide in economic terms,” said co-author Inês M.L.…

UK supermarkets paying for ‘game birds’ to be kept in cruel and environmentally damaging cages

JANE DALTON: 'Supermarkets which boast of only selling eggs from free-range hens are buying pheasants and partridges reared in “cruel and environmentally damaging” cages, animal welfare activists have claimed. Marks & Spencer (M&S), Waitrose and Sainsbury’s have been accused of double standards over the treatment of game birds they sell as meat. Rights group Animal Aid contacted all supermarkets to ask whether they bought from farms that caged the breeding birds. Crowding in cages causes high rates of injury and premature death and many birds are fitted with restrictive face masks…